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Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland
33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task which can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have chosen.
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"At certain times in your life, a great record is more important than a good friend...You could write a book about the intense bonds that form between a listener and an album that comes along at just the right time. And now someone has--in fact, a half dozen people have (so far)...[E]ach has a distinct, almost militantly personal take on a beloved longplayer." If you already have three Hendrix recordings (or 300) and are moving to by a fourth, take the $10 instead and pick up this nutshell book of how the his third studio album was made, by guitarist / writer Perry who lives in London and whose head seems screwed on pretty tight he neither wanted to fuck Hendrix or compete with him, just love him. Midway [though] reading this little book you re going to be pulling off the shelf Paris 1966 Olympia Theater Live Recordings, if you know what s good for you, and play it loud. This is the best capsulized 100 or so pages ever written on the late & great Jimmy James. Long House Publishers & Book Sellers, 2004 engaging Perry is an astute critic and someone who, as a musician, gives credibility to his commentary on the studio process. Best, he brings a fan s fervor to his revivification of a significant moment in Hendrix s three-plus year recording career The Boston Phoenix, 7/8/04--Mike Miliard any fan of the Hendrix sound will consider it an essential guide. The Bookwatch, September 2004 " an inspired new series sleekly designed good news for sentimental fools that just can't let go."" -Janet Steen, Details magazine, Jan/Feb 04" ."..Perry is quite the raconteur. His blow-by-blow commentary on Hendrix andcompany's musical dialogue throughout the album's tracks leaps off the pagelike an epic martial arts battle."- Joe Pettit, "Ugly Things, "Issue 25--, "This is actually two books in one: a track-by-track analysis of "Ladyland," heavy on guitar-geek esoteria like detuning and wah-wah technique (if you have to ask, don't bother), preceded by an overview of Hendrix's life and career around the time of the album. Which, since his career as a headliner lasted only four short years, makes for a pretty good introduction to rock's greatest plank-spanker." Austin American-Statesman, 10/17/04 .".. Perry is quite the raconteur. His blow-by-blow commentary on Hendrix and company's musical dialogue throughout the album's tracks leaps off the page like an epic martial arts battle."- Joe Pettit, "Ugly Things, "Issue 25--Sanford Lakoff